pumpkin soup

a very easy winter warmer

Who could resist this gorgeous pumpkin soup recipe! Made with the most beautiful bright orange vegetable – they're a vivid sight in the markets throughout France. Pumpkins make a delicious warming soup as the autumn chill hits the air. But I think it is equally delicious when chilled!

Pumpkins are used everywhere for Halloween and you can make everyone happy with a big bowl of soup made from the contents of this gorgeous vegetable. So don't throw away the contents of them when making your Halloween lanterns or Jack-o'-lanterns, give everyone a taste of this recipe, it's so good.

Ingredients

·         2lbs pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut in large pieces

·         2 ozs (4 tablespoons) of butter

·         ¼ pint water

·         2¼ pints (1.3 litres) milk

·         Salt and grated nutmeg

·         2 ozs (50gms) rice



Method

·         First melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan.

·         Cook pumpkin slowly over a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

·         Add the nutmeg, salt and warm water.

·         Cook rapidly until soft.

·         Use a blender to bring to a puree.

·         Put milk in a pan, add purée and rice.

·         Bring to the boil, then simmer over a low heat for about half an hour.

You can serve it with either croutons or your favourite bread. Of course for a Halloween party you can have it with hot dogs or jacket potatoes, in fact anything you want, either way it will be so warming and appetizing.

So beautiful, it's going to be a winner!


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